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What Exactly is "Lobbyist Money"

CQPolitics digs in to the campaign promises of John Edwards and Barack Obama to not accept direct contributions from federal lobbyists in their respective bids for the White House. Emily Cadei spoke with Public Campaign's Nick Nyhart for the article, and he talked about why this promise, though a good start, does not fully address the way lobbyist cash can influence elections.

Some excerpts from the piece:


I Veto Your Veto

The Louisville Courier-Journal cautions President Bush to sign the lobbying overhaul bill passed after much debate in the House and Senate. Bush's veto threat is perplexing given the crushing effect the public perception of corruption has on his party in the mid-term elections, and now that the Abramoff affair is ceding center stage to William Jefferson/VECO/Ted Stevens/Don Young it's not as if the pressure to change the rules in Washington has lessened.

Gilding the City

All that money flowing into Washington, DC to finance the campaigns of elected officials is throwing a definite golden pall across the Capitol dome: Washington political operators are getting richer as campaign and lobbying spending increases and power and money are braiding together as never before.

Lobbying Disclosure Moves Forward

The House voted today to strengthen campaign finance disclosure requirements, passing controversial measures to require disclosure of lobbyist "bundler" donors to candidates and multi-candidate political action committees (PACs). Read more on the vote here.

Less Than Impressed

Democrats are getting pretty well eviscerated for the watered down lobbying and disclosure bills they're pushing in Congress. Next in line with scalpels are The Politico and The Philadelphia Inquirer both wondering what it takes to break the gridlock and get a strong bill through.

Lobbying Bill Inches Forward

A slightly weaker version of House Democrats' big lobbying bill passed out the Judiciary Committee after certain contentious provisions were eliminated. Though some of the ethics watchdogs in Congress are disappointed in what got axed, there's hope that at least now that the bill is moving forward there's potential to see it strengthened down the road.

Feeney, Fi, Fo, Fum

Looks like Re. Tom Feeney (R-FL) got a call from the FBI wanting to know more about his participation in the 2003 Scotland golfing junket arranged by lobbyist Jack Abramoff that has become a centerpiece of the influence-peddlign scandal has so far netted a handful of guilty pleas and convictions from Members of Congress and staffers alike.


Lobbying and How It Got That Way

On Sunday The Washington Post ran the first in what is to be a 25-part profile on the growth the lobbying industry in Washington through the eyes of top Washington lobbyist Gerald Cassidy. Intended to be an analysis of how Cassidy rose through the ranks to become a player in DC, all the while helping to transform lobbying into the access-buying influence game it is today, it ought to be an illuminating peak at an industry under fire in the wake of the Jack Abramoff scandal.

They're Listening

The Senate stalled on the ethics and lobbying reform bil Wednesday and it looked like it was going to be left for dead. But, last night, things changed and the Senate passed a bill. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said in the Washington Post:


What Was That About Corruption?

Though 42% of voters last November said corruption was one of their top issues when casting their ballot, the Senate still failed to pass legislation yesterday that would have tightened regulations surrounding ethics and lobbying reform.


After a long day and some backroom maneuvering the bill went down without a vote late last night.